I am having some issues with software deployment via Group Policies and hoping to get some advices on how is 32 bits and 64 bits software are usually deployed. Any advice and suggestions are welcome.
My office computers have been mostly 32 bits Windows 7 desktops. Until recently, we added a few 64 bits windows 7 notebook to our Domain.
Since our computers run 32 bits OS, I had created a few group policies to deployed 32 bits software (Adobe Reader, Microsoft Live Meeting, Open Project, MS Office Communicator ...etc) previously, and they had been working fine. Then a few days ago when I help a user (with 64 bits windows) to troubleshoot on a case, I noticed his event viewer was full of Warning and Errors regarding Group Policies was unable to apply settings.
Some sample errors are:
1. The assignment of application Microsoft Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook from policy PDI_livemeeting_addin failed. The error was : %%1274
2. Failed to apply changes to software installation settings. The installation of software deployed through Group Policy for this user has been delayed until the next logon because the changes must be applied before the user logon. The error was : %%1274
3. The removal of the assignment of application Adobe Reader X from policy PDI_Software_Install failed. The error was : %%2
My guess is that those software packages were not installed because on those 64 laptops, I manually installed 64 bits version of the apps instead of letting the group policies to push the softwares.
What I want to know is, how do most sys admins configure GPO to match software deployments? any advice for making better software delpoyments?
Thank you very much.